Football msuspartans.com —  All told, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, center Jack Allen and defensive end Shilique Calhoun appear on the watch lists of 11 major postseason awards. Whether they win any of those honors will depend greatly on the success of the Spartans, who are ranked No. 6 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, and their surrounding cast will be vital to team and individual aspirations.
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Football freep.com —  The next time Michigan State football players leave the state on official team business, they’ll be heading to Piscataway, N.J., for an Oct. 10 night game at Rutgers — a big moment for fifth-year senior and Jersey native Shilique Calhoun, who is already seeking tickets.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  “He may be as good a linebacker as we’ve had. I’m talking about from sideline to sideline, the ability to slip blocks, the ability to get off blocks, the ability to pressure quarterbacks, make tackles.”
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Football videos.mlive.com —  Michigan State All-American center Jack Allen was on the field when the Oregon Ducks scored 28 unanswered points in the second half last season for a 46-27 victory, holding the most prolific Spartans' offense in history to three points over the final 30 minutes.
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Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  Not only did the Spartans finish at No. 338 nationally in free throw percentage, but they also finished at No. 347 in percent of points off free throws. For a team that not only made the NCAA Tournament, but was consistently one of the top teams in the Big Ten and the country, those are terrible numbers. What’s even more interesting is that Michigan State was actually 5th in the Big Ten in free throw attempts during conference play. The Spartans were at least decent at getting to the line, but they just couldn’t convert once they got there.
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Football detroitnews.com —  It seemed odd a couple of years ago, as Michigan State was marching toward a Big Ten championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl, that the offensive line was far from an established, five-man unit. While most teams want the five starters to be clear and will stick with that group, Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten began implementing a type of rotation. As many as eight players were seeing regular snaps, often changing from possession to possession.
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Football freep.com —  We are a little over a month away until actual football games, but the media day sessions in college football always seem to heighten the anticipation. This is especially the case for a Michigan State team coming off back-to-back top-5 finishes in national polls. The Spartans attendees -- including head coach Mark Dantonio, quarterback Connor Cook, defensive end Shilique Calhoun, and center Jack Allen -- each elaborated on several trending topics surrounding the upcoming season.
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Football mlive.com —  "It's been a whirlwind," Green said Monday afternoon as the first day of camp wrapped up. "I've just been constantly on the go. You've got to do something over here, you've got to do something over there, while still working out and trying to get better and stay in shape and all that stuff. It's been a great time, I wouldn't change it for nothing in the world. It's been a dream come true."


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Football thecoverfour.com —  It’s interesting to go back and look at the preseason depth charts of Dantonio’s MSU teams to watch a team slowly build up depth, and go through occasional sea-changes, over nine years.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Four Michigan State Spartans, led by offensive tackle Jack Conklin, are on the list of top 100 players for 2015, according to analysis by SportsOnEarth.com. Conklin, a junior from Plainwell, Michigan, is ranked the No. 29 player in the nation. Conklin, who was named second-team All-Big Ten by coaches and media last season, has allowed just 2.5 sacks in 27 games for the Spartans.
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Football freep.com —  In a little more than a month, No. 6 Michigan State will welcome No. 5 Oregon for the first meeting of top-10 teams at Spartan Stadium since … No. 2 MSU and No. 1 Notre Dame tied, 10-10, in the 1966 “Game of the Century.” So that’s pretty big. But a month from Tuesday, the Spartans start their season at Western Michigan. And they swear that’s what’s dominating their thoughts.
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Football freep.com —  You can judge for yourself on this one, but a few seconds of Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio sound was enough to get me into a lively argument on the air Friday. My combatant was longtime friend and writer Steve Grinczel, who took the following quote from Dantonio as a hint that a position switch is in the offing for junior receiver R.J. Shelton.
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Women's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Aerial Powers was featured in the August 3 issue of Sports Illustrated in the weekly Faces in the Crowd segment. Powers led the United States to a gold medal in the World University Games in South Korea in July.
Powers led the team with 27 points, and she finished with nine rebounds. Powers also led the team in scoring for the tournament with 18.0 points per game on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor. She averaged 6.0 rebounds per game in six games.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Michigan State offensive lineman Zach Higgins has taken a medical disqualification and retired from football. Associate athletic director John Lewandowski confirmed the news Monday after Higgins, a would-be junior offensive lineman, did not appear on the 2015 roster at Big Ten media days in Chicago.
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Football mlive.com —  "Smeegz" is beginning to look like he's winning his fight — and the team in his corner is still going strong. In a video posted to ESPN.com on Thursday, Michigan State University quarterback Connor Cook says he wears a bracelet that bears the nickname of Ryan "Smeegz" Smigiel, 22, a Bay County man who battled a brain tumor earlier this year.
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Football statenews.com —  Connor Cook was ranked No. 2 best college football quarterback of 2015— second to Mississippi State's Dak Prescott — in a recent ranking on campusinsiders.com. The rankings were based on projections for the upcoming season and not professional potential, according to the article.
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Football mlive.com —  Oregon is ranked No. 5 in the preseason coaches poll released last Thursday, and Michigan State is at No. 6. The Spartans opened as a 1-point favorite over the Ducks according to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, a changeup from last year's game when Oregon was the favorite.
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Football isportsweb.com —  The isportsMSU team is putting together lists of the top five Michigan State football players in each position group. Only the college careers of these individuals were considered and they tried to take into consideration the era in which these athletes played. Take a look at the top defensive linemen to ever play in the Green and White.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio once explained his icy game-face glare is merely the byproduct of focus and concentration. "You try doing your job with 75,000 people looking over your shoulder,'' says Dantonio, perhaps also explaining why he keeps the scrimmage portions of Michigan State practices shuttered to all but a few select donors. Dantonio's trademark scowl was once again in effect at Big Ten media days last week, the ninth-year MSU head coach stepping up to the podium as the opening act on Thursday.
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Football mlive.com —  "Michigan State is the only school in the nation to win a Bowl Championship Series game during the 2013 season and a New Year's Six bowl game last year, so we need to pursue as many avenues as possible to promote our football program,'' MSU associate athletics director/communications John Lewandowski said. "When informed that the annual Big Ten ESPN "Car Wash" had been cancelled this summer, we immediately reached out to the network to explore scheduling our own trip to the Bristol campus."
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